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The Case for African History Month

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African History Artifacts
Europeans and other non-Africans have stolen thousands of precious African artifacts

Significantly, Africans from all walks of life must identify and learn basic events that have been grossly misrepresented. World history began at the heart of Africa and spread throughout the continent. The main method of development was its waterways of the Nile, Niger and the Congo Rivers. And the world shared from the development of farming, domestication of animals and fishing and these contributions led to the development of other civilizations. There were over 300 kingdoms and Empires at both ends of the continent, some lasting only for a few centuries others flourished for millenniums.

In today’s world, even though not verbalized some people still maintain the idea that Africans has not made any meaningful contributions to civilization. However, these issues have been addressed by noted past and present  historians in addition to the Internet has unraveled distortions and misconceptions at an accelerating pace. In today’s world, there is no need to acknowledge these silly allegations.

Africa and its history are thousands of years old and because of modern technology it’s expanding in both directions. Everyday, new discoveries and ancient artifacts are constantly being found, and African history month can be the cultural forum to identify and incorporate them into on going  presentations.

Now is the time for African’s worldwide to codify their history into one gigantic cultural forum. African history month is the inclusion of heroes, heroines, celebrations and events in all five continents.

Currently, African-Americans and Africans celebrate a multitude of holidays, heroes and events throughout the world.

Among them are Black History month, (USA , Canada, Europe in February and Great Britain in October), Dr. King  (USA) Kwanza (Global), Zumbi dos Palmares Day, (Brazil), Saba Saba(Tanzania),  Jomo Kenyetta (Kenya)  or African day (Many African countries).

There are a number of vacant  days that could be used to celebrated and honor such heroes such as;

Gaspo Yanga, (Mexico) Abdias de Nasciemento (Brazil), Malcolm X (USA), Marcus Garvey (Jamaica), Olaudah Equiano (Great Britain), Patrice Lumumba (Zaire), Kwame Nkrumah (Ghana), Haili Salasse (Ethiopia) and so forth. Additionally, out of over  300 kingdoms and empires certain weeks could be dedicated.

With certainty, African History month would be a positive undertaking not only enlightening the contemporary world but also, laying foundations for the future generations. Most importantly, it would mutually benefit Africans everywhere.

This is an open invitation for collaboration with activists, organizations, religious communities, newspapers, blogs, institutions; governmental agencies, and media to garner efforts to make this event a reality. Together with modern technology, the Internet, phone and teleconferencing have made global communications affordable and accessible. Additionally, and more importantly, it will help abate constant bombardment of negative media that discharges specious allegations against Africans worldwide.

As previously stated  Boy and Negro was used during western domination for obvious reasons that was exposed. In the 60’s Black was substituted for Negro and now its time for another progression. The next step is to reclaim African ethnicity.

Although, Africans  were forced to embrace other European cultures, it does not change ethnicity. This also applies to other cultures that migrated, for example, there are referred to by their separate ethnic group. After scores of generations, there are still reference by their own culture, such as, Chinese, Japanese, English, German and so on.

Great Zimbabwe
The ancient city of Great Zimbabwe was deliberately destroyed by Whites in order to maintain the myth of White superiority

Moreover, Diaspora victim’s exact location is impossible to identify. It sufficed to say; African should be  used definitively with appropriate sub-categories. Here are a few examples: African-Brazilian,  Afro-Cuban, Afro-Mexican and African-European, and Afro-Asian. Naturally, Africans on the continent is self-explanatory; Nigerian, South African, Kenyan, Ghanaian and so forth.

Notably, when Black Africa is used, it’s presupposing that there is a White Africa. Most importantly, when referencing ethnicity, the descriptive word should ALWAYS be ” African. ” This usage  is essential because it reconnects culture, at home and abroad. When examining Black closely, it’s only a color that promotes division. And also, when accepted it is an imposed division because it has no connection to land nor culture. Most significantly, when using African, it recognizes all aspects of its culture.

Once more, it removes the contention  that  ancient civilizations and ruins in Africa are not Black. When Africans take charge of their ethnicity, these specious allegations will be ignored. Rationally, when Black is  replaced with African, it would be ridiculous saying Egypt, Carthage or Great Zimbabwae are not African, especially when their origin is located on the motherland.

One last point, every culture throughout the world defines their own ethnicity, and Africans should not be an exception. Especially, when  the Japanese, Chinese or Koreans are never questioned. Significantly, these three cultures are distinctly different. Nevertheless, not one identifies themselves as being the color yellow. there are recognized  as  Asians.
Finally, ownership would negate the non-sense, Egypt, Carthage, Great Zimbabwe, Ethiopia or the Moorish civilizations are not African. We have rejected Negro and now it’s time to put aside Black, and reclaim African ethnicity.

Why African History Month?

In today’s world, we’ve  accepted foreign cultures, different ideologies and embraced new identities. The whole dynamics of Africans, its people, and victims of the Diaspora have dramatically changed. A new geography has been created in North and South America, together with the partitioning of Africa into over fifty countries, and other Africans are scattered around the world.  Consequently, modern  history is a reflection of the European conquest, according to their interpretations. Therefore, it is an inherit necessity for African History Month.

 

By Sabamya Jaugu

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Resources:

Destruction of Black Civilization:

Great Issues of Race from 4500 B.C. to 2000 A.D.  – Chanceller Williams

Christopher Columbus and the Afrikan Holocaust :

Slavery and the Rise of European Capitalism – John Henrik Clarke

When We Ruled:

The Ancient and Medieval History of Black Civilisations – Robin Walker

Marcus Garvey and the Vision of Africa – John Henrik Clarke

How Europe Underdeveloped Africa  – Walter Rodney

Capitalism and Slavery –  Eric Williams

A Little Matter of Genocide:

Holocaust and Denial in the Americas 1492 to the Present – Ward Churchill

The Mis-education of the Negro   Carter Woodson

 

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